Monday, 6 June 2016

What's in Your Box This Week?

Welcome to my weekly linky for subscription boxes, or indeed any box opening blogs or vlogs. Details at the end, do please come and join me.

This week I wanted to talk about foodie box that I receive each month from Simply Cook. Before I continue I'd just like to disclose that I have not received any of my boxes for free or have I been paid to write this review.

The simple truth is, I love Simply Cook! When I first saw the subscription site I was unsure. After all, they are only offering spice blends to liven up your cooking, you still have to buy the other ingredients. However, my first box was less than half price so I decided to go for it. The results were amazing.

This is a photo of my first box, there are three little pots in each strip. I went for the Char Sui BBQ Pork first. We are not huge fans of pork as we find it a little bland, but using the three little boxes in this pack the meal was amazing. First two of the pots, hoi sin sauce and black bean paste where mixed into a marinade for the pork. The third pack of soy and red miso sauce was added to the accompanying vegetables. The flavours really came through and made such a difference.

I am one for cooking from scratch, but so many recipes have such a huge array of herbs and spices it makes cooking time consuming, then if I'm honest they rarely taste better than the jars of sauce which are full of salt, sugar and additives. These packs give you the convenience of a jar without the compromise of cooking from scratch. We went on to have Chicken Tinga the first week and the Goan Fish Curry and BBQ Tandoori Chicken the next week. My subscription is fortnightly which works out just fine for us. I can honestly say that I am on to my third box now and we have yet to find a meal we didn't love.

The packs are intended to make meals for two people and in my home we have four adults. I've found that just by adding extra meat or fish and vegetables the pots were still enough to give plenty of flavour to make four meals.

You can choose which type of subscription you would like, I chose meals under 600 calories, but I've recently changed it to 'no dietary requirements' as none of the meals are particularly fattening anyway. You can also choose vegetarian meals or gluten free meals. You can even choose to omit certain things, like fish, from your recipes.

Each box has four strips containing three little pots, they are all clearly labelled. There is a recipe card for each one and you can check the website to see what other ingredients you will need to buy. Nothing is set in stone though, if you fancy a different vegetable, or even sometimes a different fish or meat, then the recipes will still work.

The boxes cost £8.99 and you can change, cancel or pause your subscription at any time. Each recipe is designed to cost between £3 to £6 per head including the ingredients you have to buy.

If you would like to try your first box for £1 then you can use my referral link. And mention my name, Anne Stone.

I've decided to set up this linky so that subscription box lovers can link up and find out what everyone else is getting.

It might give you some ideas of the best ones to sign up too!

In the future I hope to feature some of the best posts that have linked up, so please do join in. I'll also tweet your posts and share them on my Facebook page. I'll also comment on all submissions.

Now for the Rules, don't worry they are easy.

  • link up your subscription box post or video, it can be any kind of box
  • take a look and comment on a couple of other posts in the linky, it's only fair and you may find something exciting to subscribe to.
  • include my badge so that others may find the linky and join in.
There you have it, simple!

I'll put the linky up every Tuesday and you can add to it until he following Monday. Do tell your friends, this is a new linky and we'd love everyone to join in.

I really can't wait to see what you've had in your boxes!

Here's my badge, the copy code is underneath.

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